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  1. I would like a homemade ketchup recipe but most of the ones I've tried are just so darn sweet. I know there has to be some sweetness to counteract the acidity of the tomatoes, but at the same time, we would prefer our end product to be more savory than sweet. The last one I tried was so sweet it reminded me of candied apples! If anyone has a good recipe, please share.
  2. I have a pizza sauce recipe that I want to can - I know lots of other ladies that actually do can this recipe already - but I wanted to ask about thickening agents. They put "therm-flo" in it to thicken it, which I've never even heard of that. But they said you could use corn starch as well. Is it safe to can something with a thickening agent in it?
  3. Farewell, dear Westbrook...

    I learned *so* much from Linda over the years. It's such a sad thing that she is gone. She will be missed.
  4. Westbrook & hubby in hospital

    Has anyone heard any definitive word on how she is? I just went to her FB page and there were two posts by friends on Nov. 25. One was simply a heart and the other the person was saying goodbye to her. So.....does anyone know if that means what it sounds like it means?
  5. Angel Food Ministries

    There may be programs in some states that can help families now that Angel Food is gone. I know that for me, I'll be able to use Mid America Foods. One of the Angel Food host sites near me quickly started scrambling to get switched over to Mid America Foods and we'll be able to start with them on the October order. They concentrate more on meats and veggies than Angel Food did. Now that Angel Food is kaput, Mid America is growing daily. I know for my state, I checked one day and there were only 3 host stites for the state and none near me. Less than a week later, there was another one and it's the one I will use. Now, there are 7 for the state. They have a face book page and are looking to expand to other areas. A distribution site has to have a minimum of 200 boxes ordered to participate. The site we will use already had well over 100 boxes accounted for two weeks ago, so I'm sure we'll make the 200 mark easily. If you or someone you know used Angel Food, it would be worth your while to check out Mid America Foods and see if you have a distribution site near you.
  6. Storing Bread Flour

    Give it at least one good freeze of a week or so. Then put it in a food grade bucket. You can layer in a few bay leaves if you want, they deter bugs. It should be fine then. Ask local bakeries if you can have or purchase their used icing buckets.
  7. Cast Iron Wok?

    I've seen them in the Lodge outlet store. I think I've seen them in Williams Sonoma too.
  8. Dog prep questions

    That all looks good to me. I don't see anything that dogs aren't supposed to have. I know that corn and onions are no-nos for dogs. But other than that, you can play with it. I just always make sure I have: the meat (even if I just pick up a cheap package of chicken livers), the eggs w/ shells, pumpkin (is also a good fiber source for them), and the cooked oatmeal and rice. Those are the ingredients I got from a member here years ago who made her own dog food and she helped me come up with the way I've been doing it since. Now for my dogs, they're not really keen on anything green and leafy. So putting in things like lemon balm and parsley...they would literally pick around it unless it was really disguised by being pureed in a food processor or something like that. But then...that's an idea right there isn't it? I make it cheaply. I just buy the cheapest oatmeal I can find, we always have rice and usually have leftover rice stashed in the freezer just for this purpose. I stock up on pumpkin each fall, enough to last the year. Eggs - I've got chickens. Then any other leftovers I know I can add go in the freezer. I recently cooked a whole chicken in the crockpot and kept all the drippings and fat to use in the dog food. Once you get used to making it, it just becomes second nature to save all the little tidbits.
  9. Dog prep questions

    Ok, here's what I do. I don't have to depend on homemade dog food right now, but I have in the past during a time of job loss. Now I try to keep things on hand so if I ever have to make it again, I'll have what I need. About the bones, what I do is cook them down until they just fall apart in my hands. I've heard it can be done in about 20 minutes with a pressure cooker but I don't have a pressure cooker. So I put them in a crock pot and it takes about two or three days. I use that as one of the ingredients. I cook up oatmeal and rice and any leftover meats or cuts of meat that might have freezer burn, etc. I add in a few eggs and crush the shells and put those in too. It gives them extra calcium and some crunch. I also always add in some canned pumpkin (I'm always stocked up on it) too because it's a natural worm preventative. I know it's kind of a bit of this and a bit of that but they like it and it works. I don't can it for obvious reasons - so sorry I can't help with that - but I do keep anything I can use for it in the freezer. Any little bits of gravy or sauce or meat or anything at all that I know we won't eat but the dogs will, gets saved.
  10. Lost my beautiful daughter this week

    That was beautiful. I'm so sorry for your loss.
  11. I help admin a small board of women who are of a prepping mindset. But some of them are still kind of new to it all and don't quite have it all figured out yet. We are trying to explain to them why you should not can things with milk, butter, or cheese in them. We have posted articles, etc. But what we are coming up against is the thinking that commercially prepared canned foods have gravies, etc in them that they believe contain milk and other things we are telling them shouldn't be canned. Please point me to a resource that explains why this line of thinking is not safe!
  12. Applying Raw Milk to the Soil

    Wow, thank you for sharing that Darlene. I'm always on the lookout for something natural to make the garden grow bigger and stronger. I do use fish and sea minerals like were talked about in the article. I get them from an organic herb store and they give everything a growth spurt every time I use them.
  13. Washboards

    I've always heard that the glass ones are better quality than the metal ones.
  14. Leek question

    Oh, I wish I were there. I would gladly take some of them off your hands! They are an important ingredient in my veggie broth. :-) I've never heard of that method of planting onions to get them big. The one I've heard is to let the tops grow tall, then cut them back. Let them grow, cut them back. Supposedly with every cut back you get another layer on your onion.
  15. Keeping up your standards, or not

    I haven't read all the replies to this, but my resounding opinion is a big fat NO! I think we will be more worried about and occupied with everyday life and making it through the day. We will try to fit in some of those extras when an opportunity presents itself, but no we won't be preoccupied with the "fluffy" stuff.
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